US President Barack Obama
The White House has condemned
the deadly shooting at a shopping mall in Munich, Germany, calling it
an “apparent terrorist attack.”
On Friday, an 18-year-old
man with no criminal record went on a shooting spree at the Munich
Olympia Shopping Center, killing nine people. Twenty others were also
injured in the shooting.
The motive behind the shooting is not
clear yet. German authorities said they had no immediate evidence of a
radical motive. The attacker, identified by German police as a dual
national from Munich, was later found dead of a suspected self-inflicted
The United States “condemns in the strongest terms
the apparent terrorist attack that has claimed innocent lives in
Munich, Germany,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement
issued on Friday.
“We still do not know all of the facts, but we
do know that this heinous act has killed and injured multiple
individuals in the heart of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities,” he
US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said White
House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco
briefed President Barack Obama on the attack in Munich.
Obama said Washington will “pledge all the support” Germany may need following the shooting.
patrol through a pedestrian area in Munich, southern Germany, on July
23, 2016, one day after the attack at the shopping center in Munich.
(AFP photo)Earnest offered his thoughts and prayers to the victims of the attack and reassured America’s commitment to assist Germany.
the midst of this tragedy, the United States will work closely with our
German partners to whom we will make available any resources that would
assist their investigation, as the president pledged,” he said.
He added that the United States and Germany are determined to fight terrorism.